The Fit for Life! Billion Steps Challenge, proudly supported by Novartis was back in 2020 to collectively walk one billion steps – to the moon and back!
The worldwide transplant community was once again challenged to celebrate the gift of life and to get active and get moving, all the while promoting transplantation and raising public awareness around the importance of organ donation.
The challenge ran over 7 weeks from the 5th October – 13th December 2020 and was once again a resounding success with 3264 participants, grouped into 717 teams from 64 countries around the world. In true champion style, a total of 1451,398,796 steps were collectively walked – reaching 145% over our group target!
The World Transplant Games Federation could not have been prouder of our community, coming together during a time when Covid-19 had created great amounts of stress, fear and anxiety. Exercise has the ability to improve mental health, reduce the risk of depression, cognitive decline and improve overall feelings of wellbeing. 92% of the participants said the challenge motivated them to stay active during what has been a difficult and challenging year.
The challenge was activated using the MoveSpring platform app which allowed participants to sync their fitness devices or manually add their daily steps. It also allowed an option to convert other fitness activities to steps, ensuring all movement counted.
The online social community on MoveSpring allowed participants to stay engaged and encourage one another, partake in fun weekly competitions, share their experiences and achievements, celebrate their transplant birthdays, honor their donors and share pictures of their country.
“I feel very proud to be part of a team pursuing a common goal. To me, the challenge is fun, inspiring, interactive and with lots of beautiful pictures. In these days, I change my habit from sitting to more walking and hopefully will continue after the challenge ends.”
KmHo – Hong Kong
“This has been a fantastic challenge. It has kept me motivated to look after myself and my amazing new organs during my recovery. No better way to honor our donors than to lead the healthiest life possible”
Karrin Ann – Australia
“This challenge has convinced me that everything is achievable and demonstrates that a transplant person can have a normal life as any other”
Jose Herrera – Mexico